The TES is reporting that hundreds of schoolchildren will be given free visits to local theatres, museums and galleries as part of a new scheme to increase access to the arts.
The Cultural Citizens Programme will target disadvantaged communities where few people currently visit museums, galleries or the theatre and will give children the opportunity of a behind-the-scenes look at cultural institutions, culture secretary Karen Bradley announced.
The pilot programme will include 600 children and will be launched in September in three areas: Liverpool and Blackpool, Birmingham and Barking and Dagenham.
Ms Bradley said: “Arts and culture are an integral part of British society – it boosts tourism, improves our wellbeing and provides a source of local pride and identity. We want to ensure that it is available to everyone, no matter what their background.
“The Cultural Citizens Programme will open doors for hundreds of young people across the country, so they can enjoy our fantastic arts and culture scene, and gain the skills to build careers in this thriving sector.”
If the programme is successful in the first three areas, it could be rolled out to thousands of young people across the country.
Do you think it is important for children to access the arts? Let know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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